News

Crocodile attacks couple during late-night dip

Crocodile attacks couple during late-night dip

CROCODILE ROCK: Lisset Rendon, 23, was bitten in her left shoulder before she could struggle out of the crocodile's jaws, after she and Alejandro Jimenez, 26, jumped into a canal, Jorge Pino, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Photo: clipart.com

By Zachary Fagenson

MIAMI (Reuters) – A Miami man remained hospitalized in serious condition after a crocodile for the first time in Florida history attacked a pair of late-night swimmers near an upscale suburb, a wildlife official said on Monday.

Lisset Rendon, 23, was bitten in her left shoulder before she could struggle out of the crocodile’s jaws, after she and Alejandro Jimenez, 26, jumped into a canal, Jorge Pino, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

“They started swimming and apparently at some point they came face-to-face with a nine-foot crocodile,” Pino said.

After Rendon was attacked, Jimenez was bitten in the hands and torso as he scrambled toward safety at a nearby dock early Sunday morning, Pino said.

Though Florida is well known for incidents involving its large alligator population, American crocodiles number less than 2,000 and live mostly in the southeastern region near the Everglades.

The large reptiles are shy and reclusive, Pino said, and feed mostly between the hours of dusk and dawn. Another couple in an unconfirmed 2011 attack claimed a crocodile flipped their kayak as they paddled through the Florida Keys.

Crocodiles live mostly in saltwater, but can survive in the brackish waters found in Florida when the ocean meets groundwater in a web of canals and waterways.

The canal where Rendon and Jimenez went swimming is a known crocodile habitat, and wildlife officials spent the day warning residents about the dangers of wading into unfamiliar waters.

“We certainly do not recommend you go swimming during their peak feeding hours,” Pino said.

(Editing by David Adams and Leslie Adler)

News from ClarksvilleNow.com

Fresh
burglary suspects  (2)

1 hour ago in Crime, News

Clarksville police seek help identifying burglary suspects

The suspects were caught on camera stealing items from an automotive shop.

Fresh
robbery-crossland-police

1 hour ago in Crime, News

Aggravated robbery suspects caught after fleeing scene

Three suspects apprehended on Crossland Ave. in connection with robbery on Memorial Dr.

159th-fort-campbell

today in Military, News

Congressmen: 159th Combat Aviation Brigade to deactivate

Kentucky congressmen release statement regarding deactivation of 159th CAB at Fort Campbell.

steven-stillwell

yesterday in Crime, News

Suspect wanted for making fraudulent checks

Steven Bernard Stillwell accused of creating fake checks and paying homeless people to cash them.

Elise Larocque-Drugs, Extortion-$10,250 Bond

yesterday in Crime, News

Woman arrested for blackmailing man over affair

Local woman charged with extortion after allegedly threatening to expose her affair with a man if he did not pay.